Donny Osmond knows the 7 Bruno Tonioli gave him on Monday's Dancing with the Stars was not the score for their make-out session. "That was just for the rumba," Osmond tells TVGuide.com. "When I walked out at the beginning of Tuesday's show, he waved his hand at me and I waved right back." Hand-waving may be all Tonioli gets these days since the 51-year-old entertainer has his eyes on another judge. Learn why Osmond's gunning for Carrie Ann Inaba, whether sister Marie — with whom he headlines a Las Vegas show— has given him advice, and more.
TVGuide.com: You're doing your Vegas show. What's your weekly schedule like?
Donny Osmond: Typically, I fly home Tuesday night to Utah and we rehearse. [Dance partner] Kym [Johnson] just stays with me everywhere I go. Well, not everywhere! Wednesday, I fly to Vegas, rehearse Thursday and Friday, and fly home Saturday so I can be home when the kids are home from school. I rehearse Saturday, go back to Vegas Saturday night to finish the shows, then go home and go to Church Sunday with my family, and then fly to L.A. Sunday night. Do the show Monday and Tuesday, and then we start over.
TVGuide.com: Will they let you back into Utah after Monday's kiss?
Osmond: [Laughs] I hope! I was like, "Did I take that too far?" When my wife called me and my kids started laughing, she said it was the funniest thing she'd ever seen, so I said "OK, I'm safe." It's why television is the greatest. When he said "airy fairy arms" — coming from Bruno — and he said, "Go to the dark side," something snapped in me and it was just a funny moment. The dip and the kiss! Somebody told me I was trying to be a leading man and now I'm going both ways!
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TVGuide.com: You're one of the favorites in our polls. In our first one, you got 26 percent. Was that just your family voting? And do you feel more pressure now?
Osmond: [Laughs] That's a good line! I'm going to use it. Are you serious? Get out of here! I don't really feel more pressure. I put so much pressure on myself anyway. Right before Tuesday's show, I pulled Kym aside and told her to start teaching me the Charleston. ... So we started before even the results show took place. Right after the show, we spent a couple hours at the rehearsal hall. It's going to look unbelievable. She's got me going all over the stage.
TVGuide.com: Are you familiar with the Charleston?
Osmond: What's funny is that I did a lot of these dances on Donny & Marie when I was 16, 17 years old, but not the way Kym is choreographing it. There's a move we were working on that I had to teach her! A little Charleston foot move. We're using it. ... Here's what driving me crazy now: All three judges told me the first week to pull down the performance level, but the Charleston is nothing but performance. So what do you want from me? [Laughs] It's hard to tell. Sometimes you have to go out there and dance your own dance. I have to go out there and be Donny Osmond the Entertainer for the Charleston and rely on my 46 years of show business.
TVGuide.com: Maybe you can kiss Len Goodman this time. He's been pretty harsh so far.
Osmond: [Laughs] I'll go for Carrie Ann! Maks [Chmerkovskiy] came up to me after he got kicked off and I gave him a big hug and he said, "Start kissing girls." He was joking, but it was hilarious.
TVGuide.com: Were you surprised Tom DeLay withdrew?
Osmond: Actually, I was surprised because the day before I asked him how he's doing and he said, "I'm in a lot of pain, but I'm going to do it. I'm going to see this through." After he made the decision, I asked him when he decided, and he said, "Just before the show. My doctor said, 'Tom, you've got to stop.'" It was a last-minute decision. He was rehearsing all day [Tuesday]. The interesting thing is that he was safe. He was unbelievable Monday. He won the hearts of Americans, not just Republicans. I think when he comes back for the finale, he's going to be the hero. Probably run for president!
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TVGuide.com: What did you think of Debi Mazar's elimination?
Osmond: Everyone's a surprise. It was really sad to see Debi go because she kept me in stitches backstage. The relationship she has with Maks was just really funny. They have this hate-love relationship. I love Maks. Every once in a while I pull him aside backstage and say, "Show me how to do this, show me how to do that." He's just Mr. Cool. Everything single one of them is so talented. I went to Derek [Hough] and Mark [Ballas] as well. Mark is such a great guy. They're all really great to be around and willing to teach you if you're willing to listen.
TVGuide.com: Marie has challenged you to match her third-place finish, so has she given you advice or is she keeping quiet to retain bragging rights?
Osmond: Oh, she's been very careful about giving me advice because she knows I've been getting advice everywhere. She sent me a text the other night saying "You were fantastic," which was great. I appreciate it very much. The one thing she told me to do was breathe! [Laughs] But the challenge is if I get to third, I tie her. If I do better than third, I'll feel good, but if I do less, she will rub it in the rest of my life!